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MCC Partners with U of I College of Engineering for Pathways Program

[Thursday, January 7, 2016]

McHenry County College has launched a new partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) College of Engineering to help students save tens of thousands of dollars and to add qualified individuals for occupations in the physics, engineering and technology fields.

Beginning this fall, incoming McHenry County College students selected for the new Engineering Pathways program will complete core science, math and English courses and then transfer to the UIUC College of Engineering, which is currently ranked 5th  by U.S. News and World Report.

High school seniors who plan to enroll at MCC for the first time and have mostly As and Bs in high school, strong ACT math scores and are interested in engineering, as revealed in an essay, are eligible to apply for the Engineering Pathways program. Students who have already been accepted in the U of I at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) College of Engineering are automatically eligible, but still need to apply, but their application is not subject to the deadline.

According to Amy Maxeiner, executive dean of Mathematics, Sciences and Health Professions at MCC, the college has been invited to participate in this Pathways program and MCC officials have been working with the university over the past few years to make this opportunity available for students.

“It’s unique in that students are guaranteed admission into U of I’s College of Engineering while completing their prerequisites at MCC,” Maxeiner noted. “This partnership is also one way MCC can provide qualified individuals for occupations in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.”

Students who take advantage of this partnership can potentially save more than $30,000 during the first two years while working toward their engineering degree, based on spring 2016 tuition and fees rates at the University of Illinois and MCC.

Another benefit for students includes meeting with advisors from both schools to get support, keep on track and to talk about their course of study.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals with limited income to get an excellent education and save some money along the way,” Maxeiner said. “I believe it will open doors for students who may not have had this opportunity in the past.”

MCC students are guaranteed admission into the UIUC College of Engineering if they are enrolled at MCC full time (at least 12 credit hours) and maintain a 3.3 GPA in the required courses and a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA in all courses taken at MCC. MCC officials recommend students earn an Associate in Engineering Science (AES) degree from MCC.

Interested students and their parents are welcome to attend an information session at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Room B166-167.

Prospective students should submit all application materials and test scores by March 1. For more information, visit or send an email to


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